Boarding The Ferry

Vehicle Information

All Sizes Welcomed

Since 1964, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry has transported over 50 million vehicles of all sizes, shapes, and colors over the Delaware Bay. The ferries can accommodate approximately 100 standard sized vehicles per crossing. Vehicles range from bicycles walked on board to cars, SUVs, motorcycles, RVs, tour buses and large tractor trailers carrying interstate cargo. Regardless of the size of your wheels, we look forward to welcoming you aboard. Below we outline details about the types of vehicles we can transport, size limitations, and fare information.

Vehicle fares include the fare for the driver on the ticket.  The one exception is bicycles, where the rider pays a foot passenger fare and the bicyle is free. Additional travelers in or on a vehicle are also ticketed and incur passenger fares. Prices vary by season and fare discounts are available for seniors (age 62 and older), military, and AAA members.

All vehicles are driven or walked on (bicycles) via ramps, and then parked or positioned on the main car deck, the lowest deck on the Ferry. If you have special needs, arrangements can be made for Ferry staff to drive your car on board for you while you or those in your party take elevators to passenger decks. 

When You Drive To The Ferry...

Upon arrival at either Ferry terminal, you will drive up to the toll lanes to have tickets issued. Reservaton confirmations are presented to the toll operator and exchanged for tickets. If you don't have a reservation, tickets can be purchased at this time if space is available. At the tolls, you'll be instructed to drive to a numbered lane in the staging lot. An officer will ask to scan your ticket and your vehicle will be inspected by the security team. You may then park and enjoy amenities inside the terminal, or remain with your vehicle.

Approximately 20 minutes before a scheduled departure, boarding announcements will be made, and drivers and passengers are asked to return to the their vehicles. The crew then direct you on to the boat, where you will park your vehicle, turn it off, disable security alarms, nd have the option to stay with your vehicle or enjoy the amenities (bars, food, tvs, and comfortable chairs) on the second and third decks of the ferries. For more information regarding boarding and boarding procedures, please review our Frequently Asked Questions page on this site. 

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